Firstly, i’m in no way want to sound rude. Just a bit offtopic
Don’t worry, no offense taken.
I didn’t mean to sound inflammatory, I was simply stating an opinion, and the circumstances that cause me to favor that opinion. However, regardless of my circumstances, I would still recommend this approach: “Unless programmatically necessary, I see no need to require the newer version.”
Unless there is a new feature that is only available on thru the new platform, I would not recommend putting a min ver requirement. If the product works fine(as it does) on the older version then allow it. I worked in Technical Support for 6 years at a company that used their Tech Support department for QA. This allowed the people who interact with the customers all day, every day to have a direct influence on the feature set, bug control, workflow and installation requirements. I’ve seen first hand the companies that were running Win98 well into the new millenium, as well as the customers who have every iteration of the JRE from 1.3 thru 1.6 and wonder why things don’t work(I have the latest version!). Just remember that at one point WindowsME was the “Latest and Greatest!”, we all laugh now, but there were plenty who jumped on that bandwagon and regretted it.
I don’t want to dog the 1.6 platform, that was not my point, I honestly have nothing against it. However, I don’t see the need to force people’s hand unless there is a need. At this point, for Spark, I don’t think it’s there. If Jive decides, at a future date, that for the sake of Spark and the user community that they can no longer support installations utilizing the 1.5 platform then so be it, put it in the documentation. From what I’ve read, it seems that there is a possibility that they might be moving to Adobe Air, so this may all be a moot point for long term discussion.
In closing, I would like to make one final comment in response to one of wr00t’s statements:
It’s a users call to make a desicion, to upgrade their internal software, buy a new etc
In the corporate space, which I believe is a vast majority of the spark/openfire community, it is not the user’s decision. That decision lies with the Sys Admins. If we let user’s decide, we would never have implenented spark, we would have stuck with RealPopup(freeware WinPopup replacement) because it was “familiar”, or with Yahoo!(All my friends are on it!).